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Fire at U.S. nuclear compound

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 01:03

June 28 - A wildfire threatens a major U.S. nuclear stockpile facility. Julie Noce reports.

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An out of control wildfire is threatening a major nuclear facility in the southwest United States. Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico houses the largest nuclear weapons arsenal in the U.S. Firefighters have been working to douse the flames of a fire that spread just inside the boundary of the lab. Although officials say there is little threat to sensitive areas of the complex, firefighters are preparing for the worst. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOUG TUCKER, LOS ALAMOS FIRE CHIEF, SAYING: ".... And so it's a coordinated effort to where we use the weather. We use the topography. We try to reduce the fuel content going on the lab. I will not say it's not going on the lab. We're doing our best to keep it off the laboratory. If it spots on the lab, we get really aggressive about putting it out." Plumes of smoke rising on the horizon have forced the evacuation of the some 12-thousand residents of Los Alamos. Residents say the proximity of the nuclear facility made their decision to leave an easy one. Julie Noce, Reuters

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Fire at U.S. nuclear compound

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 01:03